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The Infanta

Artist:
Jean-Joseph Carriès (French, 1855–1894)
Date:
ca. 1890–94
Culture:
French, Saint-Amand-en-Puisaye
Medium:
Glazed stoneware
Dimensions:
22 5/8 × 17 5/16 × 18 7/8 in. (57.5 × 44 × 48 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Purchase, Robert L. Isaacson Gift, 1998
Accession Number:
1998.28
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 556
Carriès was an experimental sculptor who turned to ceramics, firing his pieces himself, in a range of textures and tones. The subject- a Baroque princess obsessively hugging her doll- pays tribute to Velázquez, while the "accidental" cracks were inspired by Japanese ceramics, another of his passions.
[ Galerie Patrice Bellanger , Paris, until 1998; sold to MMA ]
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